In Summary
  • The sites are found in Nairobi, Machakos and the coastal region and include some of the most well-known historical places in the country.
  • Among them are African Heritage House (Machakos), Kaloleni Social Hall (Nairobi), First Old District Commissioner House Taveta, Methodist Church Hola Mission (Tana River) and Taveta ACK Holy Trinity Church.
  • The National Museums and Heritage Act allows the CS to declare a site a monument if he feels the place deserves it.
  • Kariokor Cemetery bears a lot of historical importance because fighters who fought for the British in World War II are buried there.

The government has elevated 21 historical sites to national monuments in a bid to guard their importance and raise their profiles among the country’s endeared places.

The sites are found in Nairobi, Machakos and the coastal region and include some of the most well-known historical places in the country.

The Cabinet Secretary for Arts and Culture, Hassa Wario, gazetted the 21 sites through a notice published Friday.

The sites are African Heritage House (Machakos); Kaloleni Social Hall (Nairobi); First Old District Commissioner House Taveta; Methodist Church Hola Mission (Tana River); Taveta ACK Holy Trinity Church, Mahoo; the German Fortress; Voi Commonwealth War Graves; Maktau Indian Commonwealth War Graves; Taveta Indian Commonwealth War Graves; and Taveta Indian Military Cemetery.

Others are Taveta Commonwealth War Graves; Taveta ACK Graves; Maktau Railway Station; Maktau Picket Hill; Salaita Hill (Taita-Taveta); Mau Mau Memorial Site at Hola (Tana River County); Nzambani Rock, Kyuluni; Ukasi Rock (Kitui); Kino Caves (Kenyatta Caves) in Kitui; Nairobi (Kariokor) Cemetery; and Kaloleni Estate Streetscape in Nairobi.

The National Museums and Heritage Act allows the CS to declare a site a monument if he feels the place deserves it.

Members of the public are allowed to challenge the declaration within 60 days.

KARIOKOR CEMETERY

It bears a lot of historical importance because people who fought for the British in World War II are buried there.

The commonwealth War Graves commission said the Nairobi (Kariokor) Cemetery “contains 59 Commonwealth burials of the Second World War, three of which are unidentified.”

KALOLENI SOCIAL HALL

It is a popular historical meeting place in Nairobi.

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